Stephen Schlesinger


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August 1, 2016

Wrote piece "Upheaval at the UN" about a possible revolt by the General Assembly against the Security Council over the naming of a new UN Secretary-General.

July 28, 2016

I was quoted in a piece in The New York Times comparing Andrew Cuomo's speaking style with his father, Mario Cuomo's style, entitled "Cuomo, in Speech, Faces Standard Set by His Father".

June 23, 2016

Speaker at conference in Brasilia sponsored by the Brazilian government entitled 'A Security Council for the 21st Century: Challenges and Prospects'.

June 13, 2016

Interviewed by JTBC television in Seoul, Korea, about the legacy of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon.

June 8, 2016

Appeared in video tribute to former Ambassador William Van Den Heuvel at the annual dinner of the Municipal Arts Society.

May, 2016

Letter published in The Atlantic Monthly correcting misinformation about my father and my uncle John King Fairbank.

May 3 , 2016

Appearance on Russian TV's Crosstalk program discussing the foreign policy views of Trump and Clinton.

April 30, 2016

Publication by Praeger of a new edition of President John Kennedy's "Why England Slept", with a new introduction by Stephen Schlesinger.

April 12, 2016

Letter to the New York Times published commending its call for more transparancy in selecting the next UN Secretary General but pointing out that the five permanent members of the UN Security Council in the end will invariably make the final choice.

April 10, 2016

Interviewed by Beijing's second largest Chinese-language daily newspaper, the Mirror Evening, about the race to select the next UN Secretary-General.

April 7, 2016

Piece in entitled "Will Sanders Go Third Party?"

March 29, 2016

Panelist at second National Model UN Conference at Sheraton Hotel, NYC.

March 22, 2016

Panelist at National Model UN Conference at Sheraton Hotel, NYC.

March 21, 2016

Interviewed by BuzzFeed about Donald Trump's views on the United Nations.

March 9-10, 2016

Participant in a "retreat" sponsored by the International Peace Academy on behalf of the Independent Commission on Multilateralism to examine and recommend a new communications strategy for the United Nations.

March 9, 2016

Quoted in Barbara Crossette's article in The Nation Magazine on-line entitled "Where Do The Presidential Candidates Stand On The United Nations? You Might be Surprised."

February 18, 2016

Keynote speaker at UN Week event at Occidental College in Los Angeles.

February 16, 2016

Interview with Japanese newspaper, Yomiuri Shinbun, about the death of former UN Secretary-General Bourtrous Boutrous Ghali.

February 5, 2016

Wrote piece for entitled "Why Republicans are Stuck with Obama's ISIS Strategy."

February 4, 2016

Guest lecturer at School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in course on the United Nations taught by former US Ambassador John Hirsch.

January 27, 2016

Interview with author Pamela Hanlon for her book on the relationship between the UN and NYC.

January 22, 2016

Interviewed on "Live and Direct" from United Nations HDQ by Jonathan Sanders on the UN and Israel and the UN's Holocaust Memorial event.

January 18, 2016

Speaker at ceremony held at UN headquarters honoring the 70th anniversary of the UN's founding and commemorating the 23rd year of the accession to the UN by the Republic of Slovakia to the UN, hosted by Slovakia's UN envoy, Frantisek Ruzicka, and attended by UN ambassadors from Brazil, Sweden, Kazakistan, Andorra, Monaco and Finland.

January 17, 2016

C-Span broadcast of FDR Presidential Library's Fall Forum in Hyde Park, New York, honoring the UN's 70th anniversary, where I spoke on Franklin Roosevelt's role in establishing the United Nations.

January 15, 2016

Panelist at "Clash of Cultures: The Middle East in Turmoil", sponsored by the Sen. Frank Church Institute, at Boise (Idaho) State University. Interviewed on local Boise KTVB news station about refugees and ISIS, Friday, Jan. 15.

January 8, 2016

Half-hour interview on Global Connections TV (GCTV), a UN affiliate, on the future of the UN. GCTV broadcasts throughout the English-speaking world via cable, satellite, public-access television, and the World Wide Web.

December 22, 2015

Quoted in Barbara Crossette piece in The Nation Magazine (Jan.11-18, 2016 issue) entitled "In 2016, the UN Will Be Transformed. Will That Be Enough to Bring It Back To Life?" In her article, Crossette calls Act of Creation a "classic" account of the UN's founding.

December 7, 2015

Wrote piece entitled "Trump's Magical Realism: Barring Muslims."

December 1, 2015

Wrote piece entitled "Let's Be Pragmatic About The United Nations."

November 30, 2015

Luncheon held in honor of my book, Act of Creation, hosted by Finland's ambassador to the UN, Kai Sauer, at his residence, with the UN envoys from India, Slovakia, Greece, Panama and Columbia.

November 20, 2015

Quoted in article on Aspenia Online (Aspen Institute Italia), entitled, "Hesitation and Confusion in the anti-ISIS Strategy of the US", by Valentina Pasquali

November 18, 2015

Wrote piece entitled "Why ISIS May Be On The Verge of Collapse."

November 4, 2015

Wrote an on-line article for the Ralphe Bunche Institute's UN website, PassBlue, entitled "Pragmatism in Year 70 at The UN." Article reposted by the organization, the Global Citizens' Initiative, for its 7,500 members and by the website

October 28, 2015

Discussant at evening program presented by the Ralphe Bunche Institute for International Studies, NYC, on subject of "The UN, 70 and Counting," to be held at the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue (at E 34th St.).

October 24, 2015

Speaker at the FDR Presidential Library's Fall Forum in Hyde Park, New York, honoring the 70th anniversary of the UN. My address was on Franklin Roosevelt's role in establishing the United Nations.

October 20, 2015

Interviewed by the BBC World Service Radio History Program, Witness, on the 1945 San Francisco Conference that founded the UN.

October 19, 2015

Interviewed by Japan's largest newspaper, Yomiuri Shimbun, on the UN's strengths and weaknesses as it celebrates its 70th anniversary.

October 9, 2015

Wrote a piece on actor Robert Redford's comments on his new movie, "Truth", concerning the firing of CBS anchorman Dan Rather over an expose he did on 60 Minutes claiming that President George W. Bush skipped out on his National Guard duties in the 1970s using high-level contacts. Redford plays Rather in the film.

October 5, 2015

The Nation Magazine website published my on-line article on a new UN investigative body in Guatemala entitled "This is One of The Most Innovative Programs in the UN's Toolbox."

October 1, 2015

Panelist on the Russian TV Show, "CrossTalk" debating how to reform the United Nations.

September 29, 2015

Interviewed by the German TV Network, Deutsche Welle, on the UN's 70th anniversary, and, later, by Japan's largest newspaper, Yomiuri Shimbun, about the legacy of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon.

September 3, 2015

The New York Times published my letter entitled "Guatemala's Democracy" on the current upheaval in Guatemalan politics.

August 21, 2015

Appeared on the Chinese international network, CCTV, half-hour program entitled "Heat" discussing the Syrian crisis with two other guests.

August 18, 2015

Interviewed by Agence France-Presse TV about the status of the United Nations in its 70th year. AFP distributes to CNN, CBS, BBC and Al Jazeera.

August 15, 2015

Appeared on CNN Weekends show discussing the recent US opening to Cuba, along with historian Douglas Brinkley -- hosted by Fredricka Whitefield.

July 21, 2015

Wrote piece for entitled "Congress's Phony Anger at United Nations over Iranian Nuclear Deal."

June 30, 2015

Speaker at San Francisco "Luncheon Society" event on Arthur Schlesinger Jr.'s Letters, and on my book about the UN's founding, Act of Creation.

June 26-27, 2015

Member of the UN Foundation delegation to the 70th Anniversary ceremonies in San Francisco marking the closing day of the 1945 San Francisco Conference that founded the United Nations.

June 19, 2015

Wrote Op-Ed piece for Sunday's San Francisco Chronicle entitled "San Francisco -- the Birthplace of the United Nations."

June 7, 2015

Speaker at annual meeting of the UN Association of the USA in Washington D.C., on panel discussing topic, "Past, Present and Future: The UN at 70".

June 2, 2015

Interviewed on history of UN's founding by global affairs blog "UN Dispatch" and Global Dispatches Podcast.

May 7, 2015

Interviewed by O Globo, national newspaper of Brazil, about the future of the United Nations.

May 5, 2015

Speaker at UN Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, sponsored by the Institute of International Relations at the Pontifical Catholic University and the UN Information Center of Rio, on the subject, "How The United States and the Soviet Union Founded the United Nations".

May 1, 2015

Interviewed by the UN correspondent for O Estado de Sao Paulo about the future of the United Nations.

April 29, 2015

Moderator of Luncheon Society event with former Democratic Congressman Barney Frank discussing his new book, "Frank."

April 1, 2015

Submitted introduction commissioned by Harper Collins Publishers for new edition of President John Kennedy's 1940 book, "Why England Slept."

March 20, 2015

Letter to The NY Times, defending the UN against charges that it is at fault for not settling the Syrian civil war.

March 9, 2015

Provided "peer review" comments for an upcoming June 2015 report by the Commission on Global Security, Justice and Governance, that recommends global institutional reforms. The Commission is sponsored by the Hague Institute For Global Justice in the Netherlands and the Stimson Center in Washington D.C. and chaired by former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

February 24, 2015

Interviewed by an Italian journalist for Aspenia Online, the web magazine of the Aspen Institute Italia, on the respective policies of the Democratic and Republican parties toward the conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

February 24, 2015

Interview with German televison network, Deutsche Welle (DW) about the possibilities of UN Security Council reform.

February 20-21, 2015

Panelist in two-day retreat on "New Threats, Challenges, and Opportunities for the Multilateral System", the opening plenary session of the Independent Commission on Multilateralism, chaired by former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and sponsored by the International Peace Institute, held at the Greentree Estate in Manhasset, New York.

February 19, 2015

Panelist on Russia Today TV program "Crosstalk" debating the issue of America's Imperial Presidency.

January 30, 2015

Speaker at the CTAUN Conference -- Committee on Teaching About the United Nations, at the UN Building, NYC.

January 2, 2015

Interviewed by local ABC-TV affiliate in NYC about the legacy of Governor Mario Cuomo.

January 1, 2015

Wrote retrospective on the legacy of the late Governor Mario Cuomo published in The New York Observer on-line (and on January 7, 2015, in its print edition).

December 12, 2014

Interviewed by the European Sky-TV program "InFocus" and Iranian Press TV concerning the possibilities of reforming the UN Security Council.

November 8, 2014

Interviewed by UN correspondent of China's People's Daily about the upcoming meeting between President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping occurring this week in Beijing.

November 1, 2014

Wrote piece entitled "Today's Empire Builders".

October 24, 2014

Act of Creation quoted in piece by Carl Cannon, Washington Bureau Chief, Real Clear Politics website, apropro the 69th anniversary of the opening of the UN General Assembly.

October 19, 2014

Quoted in an article in The Daily Beast by its foreign editor, Christopher Dickey, entitled "The CIA's Wrong: Arming Rebels Works."

September 30, 2014

Debated American policy toward ISIS with author and former diplomat Hillary Main Leverett on Russia TV's "Crosstalk" program.

September 22, 2014

Wrote piece entitled "Turkish Leader Erdogan's Misstep in NYC".

September 19, 2014

Published Op-Ed piece in Los Angeles Times entitled "The Dangerous, Valuable Work of UN Peacekeepers".

September 15, 2014

Moderator of Ralph Bunche Institute program at CUNY in NYC on how journalists from the NY Times, Washington Post and Italian publications cover the UN

September 11, 2014

Wrote piece "NATO Sobers Up" about its handling of the Ukrainian crisis.

August 25, 2014

Interviewed by Brian Gruber, former C-Span producer, about my book, Bitter Fruit, for a documentary looking at the aftermath of US interventions abroad.

August 13, 2014

Interviewed on UN Global Connections TV discussing Schlesinger Letters book and my own book, Act of Creation.

August 12, 2014

Wrote piece "Obama's Hidden-Hand Foreign Policy."

July 23, 2014

Wrote piece entitled "A Few Words of Praise for the UN".

July 1, 2014

Interview with CNN about the Seinfeld TV show taped in front of Tom's Restaurant in Manhattan where Seinfeld's characters always gathered.

June 21, 2014

Interviewed for book on economist John Kenneth Galbraith's Letters (1933-2006) by Ric Holt.

June 17, 2014

Debated US policy in Iraq on Russian TV program "Crosstalk".

June 16, 2014

Published piece in entitled "The Last Days of Iraq"; later interviewed by Aljazeera Net's Washington correspondent, Yaser Alarmi, about possible cooperation between the US and Iran to protect Iraq from ISIS militant insugency.

June 15, 2014

WBUR radio in Boston rebroadcast the Schlesinger Letters book discussion held at the JFK Presidential library.

June 10, 2014

Panelist on the Schlesinger Letters book moderated by WBUR host Christopher Lydon at the Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston.

June 9, 2014

Schlesinger Letters book nominated for the non-fiction Kirkus book prize award of $50,000. Selection is on October 23, 2014. (It did not win.)

June 8, 2014

Interviewed for book, Two Days In June, by Andrew Cohen, concerning JFK's famous speeches on June 10 and 11, 1963, respectively, on the nuclear test-ban treaty with the USSR and the need for civil rights legislation.

May 28, 2014

Wrote piece "Finally, The UN Exercises Moral Authority".

May 22, 2014

Interviewed by historian David Nasaw about the Schlesinger Letters book at a New York Public Library event.

May 16, 2014

Moderator at luncheon for novelist Joyce Carol Oates sponsored by the Luncheon Society in NYC.

May 13, 2014

Interviewed on Al Jazeera America TV news program for my views on UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon's legacy.

May 8, 2014

Letter published in The New York Times, "Restraint in Foreign Crises"; wrote Huffington piece, "What's So Terrible About Obama's Foreign Policy?"; appeared in documentary on the 1954 CIA coup in Guatemala, "The Deadly Phantom Coup", on the American Heroes Cable Channel, part of a "CIA Declassified" series produced by the Discovery Network & WMR Productions.

May 2, 2014

Interviewed for a biography of Henry Kissinger by historian Niall Ferguson.

April 29, 2014

Appointed to UNA-USA Advisory panel to oversee a book recounting the history of the organization from 1945 to 2014.

April 25, 2014

Interviewed via email by the Al-Rasub website/newspaper based in UAE, Abu Dhabi, about my career, the United Nations and American politics.

April 24, 2014

Interviewed for a New Republic Magazine article on the late biographer C. David Heymann by Andrew Goldman.

April 3, 2014

Speaker at the Franklin Roosevelt Presidential Library on the Schlesinger Letters book.

April, 2014

Yale University Press releases new book, Charter of the United Nations, with my chapter, "Has the UN Lived Up To Its Charter?"

March 29, 2014

Wrote piece entitled "Randy Mastro Strikes Out".

March 28, 2014

Wrote piece entitled "Finally the UN Exercises Moral Authority".

March 21, 2014

Wrote piece entitled "Ban Ki Moon is MIA on Crimea".

March 12, 2014

Wrote piece entitled "The Rogue CIA".

March 8, 2014

Appeared on Al Jazeera America TV to talk about how President Obama's handling of the Ukrainian crisis copied JFK's strategy in the Cuban Missile crisis of 1962.

March 5, 2014

Wrote piece entitled "Obama Borrows From The JFK Playbook on Ukraine."

February 27, 2014

Speaker at the Century Club in NYC on the Schlesinger Letters book.

February 23, 2014

Wrote piece for entitled "Mr. Mayor -- They're Not Going To Give You a Break" criticizing the media piling-on on NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio, in office only 2 months.

February 19, 2014

Speaker on the Schlesinger Letters book at the UN "Authors-For-Literacy" benefit and book-signing at the main UN Secretariat Building.

February 16, 2014

My letter to the New York Times Sunday Book Review section refuting a complaint by another letter-writer about my father's supposed indifference in his classroom to the Vietnam War.

January 28, 2014

Speaker at the Luncheon Society event for the Schlesinger Letters book in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

January 24, 2014

Interviewed on Al Jazeera America TV about the Geneva II talks on ending the Syrian civil war.

January 22, 2014

Interview with Cara Anna, the UN correspondent for AP, on the decision by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon to rescind his invitation to Iran to attend the January 22nd Geneva conference on Syria (remarks appeared in The Miami Herald).

January 17, 2014

Interview with J. Tuyet Nguyen of the German Press Agency dpa in Berlin for a feature on the formation of the League of Nations, marking the centenary of World War 1.

January 14, 2014

Speaker at luncheon meeting of the Dutch Treat Club in NYC on the Schlesinger Letters book

December 29, 2013

Interviewed on Arise TV in NYC for an hour-long review of the events of the year 2013.

December 16, 2013

Interviewed on Al Jazeera America TV morning news show about President Obama's standing among Democrats in his second term.

December 3, 2013

Panelist at a Knickerbocker Club dinner in NYC discussing The Letters of Arthur Schlesinger Jr., moderated by Princeton historian Sean Wilentz.

December 1, 2013

Appeared on CSPAN "Book TV" as panelist at November 5th Vanderbilt University forum, hosted by Tom Brokaw and Jon Meacham, in which my brother and I spoke about the Schlesinger Letters book.

November 27, 2013

Appeared on the Chuck Todd MSNBC morning show "The Daily Rundown", with my brother, to talk about the Kennedy era and the Schlesinger Letters book.

November 25, 2013

Interviewed via email by French journalist Maud Guillaumin for her book on Jackie Kennedy.

November 24, 2013

Letter to Editor defending President Kennedy's liberalism published in the Sunday Boston Globe.

November 23, 2013

Interviewed on Al Jazeera TV morning news show about JFK's legacy and the Schlesinger Letters book.

November 22, 2013

Speaker at the Luncheon Society event in New York City on the Schlesinger Letters book. Evening interview with the RNN Cable-TV network (NYC) on the legacy of President John Kennedy, fifty years after his assassination.

November 20, 2013

Appeared on the Chris Matthew MSNBC show "Hardball" (with my brother) to talk about the Schlesinger Letters book.

November 14, 2013

Interview with US News and World Report internet site on "The Letters of Arthur Schlesinger Jr."

November 12, 2013

Debated Obama's foreign policy on "Crosstalk", on Russia Today TV, an English language TV news network in Moscow that broadcasts internationally.

November 12, 2013

Interviewed on the Leslie Marshall Radio Show in Washington DC about the Schlesinger Letters book.

November 6, 2013

Guest Speaker at luncheon hosted by the Microsoft Political Action Committee in Seattle, Washington, discussing Schlesinger Letters book.

November 5, 2013

Interviewed in morning on Nashville, Tennessee, Public Television show "A Word on Words" by John Seigenthaler about the Schlesinger Letters book. In afternoon, interviewed by the magazine BookPage on the book. In evening, panelist on "Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., and The Fate of Liberalism" event, part of Chancellor's Lecture Series at Vanderbilt University, covered by C-Span.

November 4, 2013

My brother and I addressed an audience at Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington D.C. about the Schlesinger Letters book.

October 30, 2013

Interviewed on MSNBC "Morning Joe" show marking the publication of The Letters of Arthur Schlesinger Jr.

October 29, 2013

Official publication date of The Letters of Arthur Schlesinger Jr.

October 28, 2013

Wrote piece entitled "The Schlesinger Legacy".

October 27, 2013

Interview with Arise America TV on US surveillance of major world leaders.

October 26, 2013

Interviewed about the Arthur Schlesinger Jr. Letters book for "For Your Ears Only", a radio network serving major US cities, the American Forces Radio Network, YouTube and podcasts.

October 24, 2013

Interviewed by columnist and author Jon Alter about the editing of The Letters of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. at a dinner meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Century Foundation.

October 22, 2013

Wrote piece entitled "Fresh Hopes For Change in Cuba"

October 2, 2013

Wrote piece entitled "The UN's Re-emergence on the World Scene."

September 25, 2013

Interviewed by German TV, Deutsche Welle DWTV, for my views on Germany's role at the United Nations.

September 24, 2013

Quoted in International Herald Tribune column by Jonathan Tepperman, Foreign Affairs Managing Editor, regarding my views about UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon.

September 23, 2013

Wrote piece entitled "Obama: Every Country is Exceptional."

September 18, 2013

Quoted in The New York Observer concerning my views of the UN's upcoming Fall session.

September 15, 2013

Interview with Arise America TV on the Russian-US agreement removing chemical weapons from Syria.

September 13, 2013

Interview with RT International TV on the impact of the Syrian conflict on the United Nations.

September 12, 2013

Skype interview on Arise America TV (broadcast in Europe and Africa) on Russian President Vladimir Putin's New York Times Op-Ed piece.

September 10, 2013

Taped half-hour TV interview with Bill Miller of Global Connections Television on the subject of the UN and its founding as well as the organization's current state.

September 6, 2013

Wrote piece entitled "Bombing Syria is a Losing Proposition".

September 4, 2013

Interviewed for RT (Russia Today) television program on Syria. In evening, spoke to Cornell University Seminar on the history of the United Nations via speaker phone.

August 29, 2013

Panelist on "Crosstalk" on RT-Russia Today television program, a half-hour public affairs forum, to debate the issue of President Obama's possible decision to attack Syria over its use of chemical weapons against its people.

August 23, 2013

Wrote piece entitled "Don't Go Into Syria."

August 21, 2013

Interviewed on Public Broadcasting System NewsHour Weekend on-line edition by Harry Severinsen about suspected chemical attacks in Syria.

August 20, 2013

Interviewed by The Atlantic Magazine for a piece about former CIA official and journalist Tom Braden.

August 19, 2013

Appeared as extra in Warber Parker eyeglass ad.

July, 2013

Article published in July-August edition of American Foreign Policy Interests Magazine entitled "The Warrior United Nations".

June 12, 2013

Wrote piece entitled "Obama's Impeachment Fear Over Surveillance".

May 31, 2013

Wrote piece entitled "Obama's Tenure, So Far".

May 13, 2013

Interviewed by Washington Post on the role played by the Robert Kennedy house, "Hickery Hill", in American public affairs.

April 22, 2013

Interviewed for book on JFK and the CIA by Alan Talbot.

April 4, 2013

Panelist on "Crosstalk", a half-hour public affairs program of Russia Today TV, hosted from Moscow, assessing Tony Blair's possible criminal complicity in the Iraq War.

April 2, 2013

Publication by the U.S. Institute of Peace of "The Brilliant Art of Peace", a collection of eleven public lectures at the UN Secretariat sponsored by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, including my 2006 lecture on the founding of the United Nations.

April 1, 2013

Manuscript for "The Letters of Arthur Schlesinger Jr" sent to Random House for Fall publication.

February 27, 2013

Wrote piece entitled "Is Obama Too Deferential to the Military?".

February 12, 2013

Wrote piece entitled "Who Speaks For The UN?".

February 1, 2013

Wrote piece entitled "The Ordeal of Chuck Hegal".

January 28, 2013

Interviewed for book on Robert Kennedy by Larry Tye.

January 15, 2013

Wrote piece entitled "A Lull in The Iranian Crisis?"

January 8, 2013

Wrote piece entitled "Axelrod: Obama Never Considered Rice For Secretary of State."

December 12, 2012

Wrote piece entitled "Obama Greatest Legacy" about his enactment of Obamacare.

Fall, 2012

Wrote introductory essay to special issue of quarterly Hofstra University publication White House Studies on "US Presidential Leadership at the UN" supported by Nova Publishers.

November 13, 2012

Interviewed by The Diplomatic Courier magazine about US policy toward Iran under President Obama.

November 7, 2012

Wrote piece entitled "One Election Result: No US Attack on Iran".

October 30, 2012

Interviewed for book by Dean Owen reflecting on President Kennedy's assassination and legacy, to be published on the 50th anniversary of JFK's death, in November 2013.

October 23, 2012

Speaker at Century Association luncheon tribute to former Ambassador William Van Den Heuvel.

October 22, 2012

Guest commentator on Obama-Romney presidential debate on website

October 11, 2012

Guest commentator on Biden-Ryan vice-presidential debate on website

September 25, 2012

Addresssed Cornell University class on the United Nations via phone.

August 17, 2012

Interviewed on Global Connections TV program in NYC on UN's latest challenges.

August 15, 2012

Interviewed on South South TV News Network in NYC about UN's current challenges.

August 13, 2012

Participated in survey by Foreign Policy Magazine (Sept.-Oct.) on "Who Broke the UN?", pp. 51-53.

August 11, 2012

Published piece on "Paul Ryan -- Sarah Palin Redux?" over Romney's choice of Congressman Paul Ryan as his Vice-Presidential running mate.

August 10, 2012

Published piece on "Romney's Panic Attack" about his plea to Obama to drop his attacks on his business and tax returns.

July 13, 2012

Published piece on "FDR's 1936 Lessons for Obama" explaining how FDR won a second term with a 16.7% unemployment rate.

July 12, 2012

Panelist on Russia Today TV half-hour "Cross Talk" program on the current political upheavals in Egypt.

June 19, 2012

Hosted lunch for David Maraniss, author of new book, "Barack Obama: The Story", at the Luncheon Society, NYC.

June 13, 2012

Member of experts group gathered for a "Brainstorming on the United Nations" half-day meeting sponsored by the International Peace Institute in NYC.

May 29, 2012

Participated in half-hour discussion show on the UN's failures in Syria on Voice of Russia radio in London.

May 22, 2012

Quoted in piece, "Bad Cop/Good Cop With Ban and Annan" by Washington Post reporter, Colum Lynch.

May 21, 2012

Interviewed for book about Stephen Spender by his son Matthew Spender.

May 13, 2012

Quoted in piece, "Caro Revives Kennedy-Johnson Feud", about differences between Robert Caro and Arthur Schlesinger Jr on LBJ and JFK highlighted in Caro's latest volume, "The Passage of Power".

May 3, 2012

Discussion leader on "media and society" at the 50th anniversary celebration dinner for the World Policy Institute in NYC.

April 20, 2012

Participant in all-day "brainstorming" workshop on future of the United Nations sponsored by the International Peace Academy and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in NYC.

March 31, 2012

Interviewed by Robert Sam Anson for Vanity Fair Magazine, about Sen. George McGovern's presidential campaign on its 40th anniversary.

March 18, 2012

Op-Ed published in Sunday Los Angeles Times entitled "Iran Then and Now: As Tehran Faces Off With Israel, the United States and Europe, it's Worth Remembering How The Islamic Republic Fights -- Dirty and Long."

March 12, 2012

Live radio interview with BBC Radio Five Live on the Syrian crisis

March 5, 2012

Radio interview with WUSB, University of Stony Brook, about letter published in NY Times

March 2, 2012

Letter published in New York Times on Pres. Eisenhower's CIA coups in Iran in 1953 and Guatemala in 1954

Interview about NY Times letter with the History News Network (

February, 2012

Appeared in documentary entitled "America's Senator: The Unexpected Odyssey of Arthur Vandenberg"

December 20, 2011

Wrote piece entitled "A Memoir At Age 99" about my mother's just published book of recollections, "I Remember: A Life of Politics, Painting and People" (TidePool Press, Inc)

December, 2011

Publication of "The Unquiet American: Richard Holbrooke In The World" (Public Affairs) which includes Holbrooke's 2003 NY Times Sunday Book Review of my book, "Act of Creation"

October 22, 2011

Quoted in piece "Apology Reignites Conversation About Ousted Guatemalan Leader" on Guatemala's apology to Jacobo Arbenz for overthrowing his government in 1954

October 21, 2011

Quoted in New York Times piece entitled "An Apology For a Guatemalan Coup, 57 Years Later" by Elisabeth Malkin

October 18, 2011

Speaker at luncheon hosted by the Committee on Teaching About the United Nations, NYC

October 16, 2011

Piece in and Wall Street entitled "Occupy Wall Street: Obama's Jobs Bill"

October 12, 2011

Interviewed by former Christian Science Monitor correspondent Lucia Mouat for her book, The United Nations' Tob Job: A Close Look At The Work of Eight Secretaries-General (pub. 2014).

October 7, 2011

Speaker at David Rockefeller Center at Harvard University event honoring legacy of the late President of Guatemala, Jacobo Arbenz

September 18, 2011

Interview on ABC's "Inside Edition" discussing role of my father in newly released tapes and book of interviews with Jacqueline Kennedy in 1964

June 17, 2011

Interview with the Le Monde US correspondent on America's foreign policy after 9/11

June 4, 2011

Op-Ed piece in New York Times entitled "Ghosts of Guatemala's Past"

May 5-7, 2011

Speaker at the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands Center, Rancho Mirage, California.

May 2, 2011

Interview with Bill Miller on South-South TV and on Global Connections Television on the UN; interview with Italian radio on the killing of Osama Bin Laden.

April 28, 2011

Interview with New York Times' David Itzkoff on upcoming book project on Arthur Schlesinger Jr.'s Letters.

April 15, 2011

Interviewed by author Thomas Maier for book on the Churchill family and the Kennedy family.

April 13, 2011

Panelist at Fordham Lincoln Center discussing the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy Administration.

March 30, 2011

Guest Speaker at New York University forum discussing the UN and the Libyan conflict.

December 3, 2011

Quoted in The Toronto Star, "Wiki Leaks Has Unsettled Everybody" by Olivia Ward.

December 2, 2010

Quoted in in "WikiLeaks Cables: Hillary Clinton Meets Ban Ki-Moon After Spying Revelations" by Ewen MacAskill, Robert Booth and Julian Borger.

November 29, 2010

Quoted in on-line piece by The Nation's UN correspondent, Barbara Crossette, "WikiLeaks Reveals State Department Pushed Diplomats to Spy"

November 17, 2010

Quoted in Washington Post on-line piece, "UN Hobnobs With Hollywood" by Colum Lynch on Foreign Policy "Turtle Bay" blog

November 8, 2010

Quoted by National Public Radio on-line and interviewed by The Los Angeles Times editorial board about President Obama's announcement that he is backing India for permanent membership on the UN Security Council

November 3, 2010

Interviewed on "Russia Today" TV program "Crosstalk" on UN's future

October 21, 2010

Panelist on Hofstra University symposium on "US Presidential Leadership at the UN"

October 5, 2010

Did background interview with Karen De Young of The Washington Post on de Mistura piece in

October 1, 2010

Wrote piece "The UN Thinks The End Is In Sight in Afghanistan" on talk by the UN's Afghanistan representative, Staffan de Mistura at the International Peace Academy in NYC

September 8, 2010

Signatory to "A New Way Forward: Rethinking US strategy on Afghanistan" officially released today by the Afghanistan Study Group and convened by the New America Foundation in Washington

September 1, 2010

Interviewed on half-hour Global Connections TV show (UN TV) in NYC about upcoming Act of Creation documentary and UN's future

August 31, 2010

Did background interview with Colum Lynch of The Washington Post for an article on U.S. presidential addresses to the UN General Assembly

July 21, 2010

Quoted in International article, "Senior Official Chastises UN Chief In Parting Shot"

Author, "Art in The Making: Capturing a Book About the Birth of the UN Onto Film", The InterDependent on-line magazine of the UNA-USA

July 14, 2010

Commentary on two President Kennedy speeches, his Inaugural Address, and his Berlin speech, on PBS, WAMC (NorthEast Public Radio) show "Power of Words"

July 7, 2010

Quoted in front page The Washington Post story "Queen Elizabeth Addresses UN For First Time Since 1957"

June 10, 2010

Speaker at reception announcing launching of UN documentary project based on "Act of Creation", UN French Ambassador residence, NYC

May 14-22, 2010

Trip to Ireland

April 19-20, 2010

Lectures at Occidental College and University of Southern California, Los Angeles, on Obama and the UN

March 29, 2010

Washington Post/Turtle Bay/Foreign Policy Magazine website, Colum Lynch column "Longtime UN Booster Rips Ban Ki Moon" reporting on my article, "Bosom Buddies? Ban's and Obama's Curious Relations", World Policy Journal, Spring 2010

March 12, 2010

Radio interview on Act of Creation on WJFF radio, Jeffersonville, New York

March 9, 2010

Interview for documentary celebrating the 90th anniversary of the League of Women Voters

March 8, 2010

Participant in debate over Obama's Afghanistan policy with Michael Rubin of the American Enterprise Institute, on

February 5, 2010

Speaker at Yale Symposium on UN Charter, Political Science Department, New Haven, Connecticut

January 6, 2010

Half-hour interview for Global Connections, UN TV, on latest UN global challenges

December 8, 2009

Speech to New York State Archives Partnership Trust on why the UN was located in NYC

November 17, 2009

Panelist at Russian Embassy conference on Andrei Gromyko and US-Soviet relations, cosponsered by Kennan Institute and Woodrow Wilson International Center For Scholars, Washington DC

November 13, 2009

Panelist at NYU Center for Global Affairs symposium on "The US/UN Relationship: A Realistic Appraisal"

October 29, 2009

Speech to Worldview Institute on future of the UN, NYC

October 9, 2009

Meeting of Council on Foreign Relations Advisory Committee on UN Security Council reform, Washington, D.C.

September 24, 2009

Quoted in New York Times story on Libyan leader al-Qaddafi, "Libyan Leader Delivers a Scolding in UN Debut"

September 22, 2009

Lou Dobbs show (CNN) debate on UN

September 4, 2009

"Hearts and Minds" Interview for SKY-TV on Afghanistan and Colombia

August 17, 2009

"Hearts and Minds" Interview for SKY-TV, Europe on Latin America

July 14, 2009

Quoted in Wall Street Journal story on Ban Ki Moon, "The UN's Invisible Man"

July 11, 2009

Interview on Leonard Lopate Show, WNYC radio, on Latin American coups

June 30, 2009

Interview with eFM's "This Morning", an English-language Korean radio station in Seoul on Ban Ki Moon

June 30, 2009

Debate with Jacob Heilbrunn on Al Jazeera TV on Ban Ki Moon

June 29, 2009

Interview with BBC Radio News "The Today Programme" on the military coup in Honduras

June 18, 2009

Interview with weekly TV talk show, "The Autograph", Press TV

May 21, 2009

"Hearts and Minds" Roundtable -- panel discussion for SKY TV broadcast on Obama's Speech on Islam in Egypt

May 1, 2009

"Hearts and Minds" Roundtable -- panel discussion for SKY TV broadcast on the Middle East

April 23, 2009

Conference on "Building a More Effective United Nations: Opportunities For the Obama Administration", Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, D.C.

April 10, 2009

"Hearts and Minds" Roundtable -- panel discussion for SKY TV broadcast in Europe on the topic of Afghanistan

March 13-21, 2009

NYU Academic Mission to Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey

March 11, 2009

Quoted in Washington Post story on new US UN mission building

February 20, 2009

"Hearts and Minds" Roundtable -- panel discussion for SKY TV broadcast on Obama's foreign policy

January 21, 2009

Interview with ZDF German TV on Ban Ki-Moon

January 9, 2009

Interview with Bloomberg News on Gaza and the UN

December 21, 2008

New York Times interview on Bob Kerrey, president of New School

December 13, 2008

Extra in movie "Che"-- screening at Ziegfeld

November 13, 2008

Speaker at the UN Ass. of USA Council of Organizations, NYC

November 4, 2008

Speaker on 2008 Presidential Election panel, 92nd St. Y, 8-9PM, NYC

October 29, 2008

Presentation at Barnes and Noble, Tribeca, NYC on Journals book

September 18, 2008

Interview with The Yomiuri Simbun on UN

September 17, 2008

Presentation at Occidental University in NYC on UN

August 11, 2008

Interview for PBS documentary on UN

August 9, 2008

Interview with Newsweek On-Air radio on President Bush's foreign policy

July 24, 2008

Speaker at Franklin Roosevelt Presidential Library on the Future of the United Nations

July 16-18, 2008: Azores Island, Portugal

Speaker at Franklin Roosevelt Azorean Forum: Transatlantic Relations in European and American Public Opinion

July 10, 2008

Interview for French documentary on the United Nations

May 28, 2008: New York, NY

Roundtable participant at American Foreign Policy Committee meeting on the UN Human Rights Council

May 3, 2008: Century Club - New York, NY

Presentation of Journals book at the Century Club

April 9, 2008: United Nations

Address to the World Federation of United Nations Associations luncheon honoring Ambassador William Vanden Heuvel

February 19, 2008: Knickerbocker Club - New York, NY

Presentation of Journals book at the Knickerbocker Club

February 6, 2008: Columbia Unversity - New York, NY

Panel Discussion at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia Unversity entitled “Can the United Nations Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century?”

February 2, 2008

Interview with Newsweek On Air radio on Clinton-Obama race

January 9, 2008: Strand Bookstore - New York, NY

Panel Discussion on Journals book at the Strand Bookstore, New York City